First Case of Zika contracted in U.S. sexually transmitted

Posted on February 3, 2016 • Filed under: Latin America Health, United States, Zika Virus

First case of Zika virus contracted in US mainland, confirmed in Texas, is only second documented example of virus being passed through sexual contact reported officials in Texas have reported the first case of Zika contracted in the US mainland, and said that the virus was sexually transmitted. If confirmed, the case would be only the second documented example of the virus being passed between humans through sexual contact.

Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the Zika infection, while Dallas County officials said they performed the “public health follow-up” to determine that the infection was sexually transmitted.

In an email to the Guardian, the CDC also warned for the first time that pregnant women or those hoping to become pregnant should “consult with their healthcare professional if their partner has had exposure to Zika virus”. Read Article

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